|Golden Gate Bridge Suicides|
In Memory of Matthew Whitmer, Missing since
1987 - 2007
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Sunset over the Golden Gate at Matthew's Candlelight Vigil
Matthew had sent a text message to a friend at
His way of saying goodbye.
Matthew has not been seen or heard from since that day.
The loss of a loved one is devastating enough but to face the possible of loss
of a child, having him missing, his whereabouts unknown,
discovering he was hearing voices again,
knowing that he was an "adult-at-risk",
left us with that ounce of hope that he is out there somewhere, safe but confused and lost.
We learned more than anyone would ever want to know.
We learned about the history of the
the creation of the bridge district, to the building and safety features used to
protect the workers, to the beginning of the tragedy of suicide at this site,
to the advocacy of people for over 70 years to prevent these deaths,
to the callousness (or ignorance) of people who preferred a view to saving lives.
We will never comprehend why anyone would prefer a view from this bridge to saving a person's life.
Since when is there ever an ‘acceptable’ amount of deaths in one location
before action is taken to prevent them?
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